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Ginger – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

Ginger – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

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First milestone was when one of my neurosurgeons came into my room and saw me sobbing. And he said, "What's wrong?" And I said, "You told me I could go outside today, and the nurse says I have a temperature, and so she won't le... Show More

First milestone was when one of my neurosurgeons came into my room and saw me sobbing. And he said, "What's wrong?" And I said, "You told me I could go outside today, and the nurse says I have a temperature, and so she won't let me go outside." And he stormed out of the room, and got the nurse in and he said, "you get this woman outside, it will do her more good." So that first time of going out into the fresh air, out of the hospital room, and just, suddenly, the world opened up because I saw flies, and butterflies, and it was spring, and the grass was coming up, and it was almost a new appreciation of life. The second milestone was, of course, being able to be up in a chair. After being on a tilt board, you know, and fainting, because of low blood pressure, etc, and then started to push my chair. Probably my biggest milestone was getting into a van, and sitting behind the driver's wheel and driving. Because then I said, "Aah, independence!" That to me meant I could make it.

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Ginger – What were the important milestones in rehabilitation?

Ginger

Injured in 1984 at age 44, quadriplegic
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First milestone was when one of my neurosurgeons came into my room and saw me sobbing. And he said, "What's wrong?" And I said, "You told me I could go outside today, and the nurse says I have a temperature, and so she won't let me go outside." And he stormed out of the room, and got the nurse in and he said, "you get this woman outside, it will do her more good." So that first time of going out into the fresh air, out of the hospital room, and just, suddenly, the world opened up because I saw flies, and butterflies, and it was spring, and the grass was coming up, and it was almost a new appreciation of life. The second milestone was, of course, being able to be up in a chair. After being on a tilt board, you know, and fainting, because of low blood pressure, etc, and then started to push my chair. Probably my biggest milestone was getting into a van, and sitting behind the driver's wheel and driving. Because then I said, "Aah, independence!" That to me meant I could make it.

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